Around 42,000 children and adults in Scotland live with a learning disability. Despite this, there is a shortage of nurses with the specialist skills required to support and care for people with learning disabilities. To address this shortage, colleges and universities are recruiting more students to fill the increasing number of job vacancies.

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a lifelong condition that means people may need support to:

  • understand new information
  • learn new skills
  • cope independently

It is important to remember that everyone with a learning disability is an individual. Different people will have different areas of life that they need support with.

Our website is aimed at providing information about Learning Disability Nursing in Scotland, from courses that lead to a qualification to finding your first job and progressing your career. We also provide information about events where you can find out more about Learning Disability Nursing in Scotland and news to keep you up to date.

If you’re leaving school or college or are looking to come back into education, you can start your research into courses and degrees. We also provide resources for qualified learning disability nurses looking for networking and career opportunities and qualified nurses looking to return to or change their field of nursing practice.